Late presentation of triceps rupture. A case report and review of the literature

Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 1996 Nov;25(11):790-2.


Rupture of the triceps tendon is a rare injury. The treatment protocol for acute injuries is well described and predictably successful. However, if the diagnosis is missed, the surgeon is presented with a more difficult management problem. We report the case of a 19-year-old woman who presented 8 months following a triceps tendon rupture. The diagnosis and technique for repair and postoperative rehabilitation are described. A review of the literature is also presented. Although our patient regained excellent motion and function, we feel the injury is best managed by avoiding misdiagnosis via a high index of suspicion and a careful examination at the time of injury.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arm*
  • Diagnostic Errors*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Palpation
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Rupture
  • Skating / injuries*
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery
  • Time Factors